Director of Private Sector Recruiting

Pennsylvania, United States
01 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
01 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title

Director of Private Sector Recruiting

Job Profile Title

Associate Director D

Job Description Summary

The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School is one of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished law schools. The school offers a distinctive cross-disciplinary legal education, drawing on the depth and breadth of the University of Pennsylvania. The resulting intellectual opportunities and professional relationships bridge traditional boundaries and disciplines, making Penn Law an extraordinarily supportive academic community for its scholars and students alike.

Penn Law staff play a critical role in providing a world-class educational environment, supporting faculty, students, alumni, and fellow staff members in a collaborative and ambitious environment.

Reporting to the Assistant Dean & Executive Director for the Office of Career Planning & Professionalism, the Director is the primary architect of Penn Law’s law firm employer relations and student private sector career development strategies. The Director develops and delivers employer outreach initiatives, develops and administers on- and off-campus recruitment programs and events, and provides direct counseling and career services to students (with a nonexclusive focus on those pursuing private sector employment) through programs, resources and individual counseling.

The Director holds a regular full-time position and reports to the Assistant Dean & Executive Director of Career Services.

A cover letter is required with job application.

Job Description


Develop deep expertise across all sectors of the law firm and private sector job markets to support successful career outcomes for University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School students and graduates.

  • Conduct market research; develop and communicate market analysis to inform curricular innovation, program development, and career supports.
  • Share this expertise in a variety of internal and external forums that establish the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School as a market leader in the legal talent industry. 

Manage employer relationships worldwide.

  • Develop and implement a marketing outreach plan for law firm and corporate employers of all sizes worldwide.
  • Develop and implement a plan for employer contacts based on student and alumni interest.
  • Cultivate and enrich ongoing relationships with employers.
  • Oversee all communication with employers regarding their recruitment needs.

Develop deep appreciation of student interest in the private sector marketplace.  

  • Monitor market conditions and student preferences including geographic, practice area and specific employer interest. Use this data to inform plans for employer relations and outreach.
  • Develop a student board to advise on private sector recruiting activities.

Design and implement recruiting programs for University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School students and graduates.

  • Respond creatively and affirmatively to student and market demands for various approaches to communicate the unique talents and skills of University of Pennsylvania Carey Law students to a broad array of law firms and other private sector employers.
  • Develop, manage and deliver on-campus interviewing and related private sector recruiting opportunities for hundreds of employers from around the globe. Prepare students for and educate them about the process.
  • Oversee all law-school sponsored or affiliated private sector recruiting programs and job fairs for JD students.
  • Collaborate with career office colleagues to ensure program coordination and broad career representation (including government, public interest, and JD preferred employers as possible) in all recruiting programs.
  • Evaluate the efficacy of programs and services through student input, tracking outcomes, and leveraging metrics

Design and implement innovative recruitment-related educational programming for JD students.

  • Direct and manage programs related to private sector recruiting, including the annual Practice Area Fair and Mock Interview Program.
  • Organize and direct ongoing programming on relevant topics for students in connection with preparation for and participation in the private sector recruiting process and collaborate with colleagues throughout the Law School on programming to ensure their success in those markets.
  • Evaluate the efficacy of programs and services through student input, tracking outcomes, and leveraging metrics.

Counsel Penn Law students and alumni.

  • Counsel Penn Law students and alumni on formulation and execution of job search strategy and execution thereof, with a nonexclusive focus on private sector employment.
  • Conduct mock interviews, and review and provide feedback on application materials including resumes and cover letters.

Manage and inspire colleagues.

  • Support two JD counselors involved in private sector market development and exploration.
  • Hire and manage a Graduate Assistant each year.
  • Maintain a dotted line report to office administrative coordinators.

Represent the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School to internal and external audiences. 

  • Upon request, present program information, e.g. outcomes and recommendations, to law school leadership.  
  • Participate actively in committee work at the Law School to further the mission of the career services office, the law school and/or the university.
  • Participate in professional association groups relating to legal career planning, including the National Association for Law Placement, as well as local recruiting and bar organizations.  Attend annual NALP conferences and participate in the association's committee work.

Other duties as assigned


The successful candidate will hold an advanced degree, J.D. strongly preferred, and have a minimum of five to seven years of progressively increasing responsibility in academic administration or a law firm or business environment. Experience with career counseling and/or in higher education preferred. The candidate will have a history of working successfully with diverse constituencies, including employers, faculty, alumni, current students, prospective students, and colleagues. We seek candidates who have established track records as collaborators in the workplace.

A cover letter is required with job application.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Law School

Pay Range

$59,703.00 - $113,435.00

Affirmative Action Statement 

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements 

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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